The internet is a confusing place. Here you will find links to websites that I approve and use personally. Each comes with a description so that you know what you’re getting into.

American Diabetes Association

(great for general information on diabetes management and prevention; provides easy to read definitions on the types of diabetes, an understanding of the risk factors, up-to-date research, meal planning and recipes)

 

American Heart Association 

(go to resource for all conditions heart-related: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, etc; education on all of these disease states can be found including tips to manage or prevent them; research and recipes)

 

Authority Nutrition

(a well constructed website that operates as a stand-alone alternative nutrition resource for those who want to learn about healthy eating and lifestyle outside of governmental recommendations; their tagline is “An Evidence-Based Approach”)

 

CDC

(for those who want to review current or past illness outbreaks or tips/recommendations on how to prevent/manage chronic diseases, then the CDC is an exemplary resource; also provides advice for safe travel, safe water, and preparedness for emergencies)

 

Choose My Plate

(home of USDA’s Super Tracker, choosemyplate.gov can also be useful for fitness and eating recommendations that span childhood to adulthood plus for those of pregnant women; all information adheres to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans)

 

Chris Kresser

(an absolute must-have on the resource list especially for those following a Paleo-type eating plan; he offers a plethora of research plus freebies like books and articles to advance his readers; Registered Dietitian Nutritionists often write posts on his website as well)

 

EatRight

(the official website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which represents all Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the US; nutrition information is organized for children, adults, and seniors in plain sight on the home page; all things food and diet related plus recipes (fitness too) can be found here)

 

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

(like Authority Nutrition, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health acts as a great counter-balance to governmental eating recommendations; they came out with a superior “Healthy Eating Plate” shortly after the USDA introduced MyPlate which they felt was heavily influenced by corporate lobbying)

 

Mayo Clinic

(another great stand alone but for all things medical; the search option is great for looking up any health condition one may be curious and would like more information on; their nutrition section is vast and it includes several well balanced recipes)

 

Medscape

(could be called the elite version of Web MD; it is geared more toward health professionals that want the latest research on disease states and treatments; Medscape was added to the resource list because “there is a scholar in all of us” especially when it comes to diseases that affect us directly)

 

National Institutes of Health - MedlinePlus

(From the US Department of Health & Human Services comes another “gold mine” of information; every health condition is covered here plus what an individual can do to reclaim their health; Medline Plus actually weighs the evidence either for or against a supplement or herb to eliminate any doubts)

 

National Kidney Foundation

(for all things kidney related; provides education on how the kidneys work and the health conditions associated with loss of function (diabetes, high blood pressure; etc);  has great printable handouts on the nutrition recommendations for the various stages of kidney disease)

 

Office of Dietary Supplements

(without a doubt the best resource for information regarding vitamins/minerals and supplements; provides a description of each micronutrient, how they are important, and which foods contain them; there is a “Consumer” version for an easy read or a “Health Professional” version for more detail)

 

Pub Med

(finding good research can be intimidating but Pub Med exists as a hub to consolidate most of the relevant health-related studies published in scientific journals; has over 26 million articles but there is a well-built search option to narrow down one’s results; many but not all of these articles are free)

 

USDA - Food Composition Database

(it is only fair to have this resource available to the public since it is the source of all nutrition information for the foods within the featured diet plans; though not as impressive as the exhaustive food lists from Calorie King or My Fitness Pal, the information is highly accurate)

 

University of Maryland Medical Center

(though not essential to the list, the University of Maryland Medical Center complements the Office of Dietary Supplements by providing a thorough guide on Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM for its abbreviation; the audio/video library which covers diseases and treatments is helpful)

 

World Health Organization

(pretty much the CDC for the entire world; provides some of the best statistics on the health of populations in countries that are members of the United Nations; for individuals genuinely interested in research on disease and malnutrition)

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